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hold off

1. To prevent someone or something from advancing or approaching; to keep someone or something at bay. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "off." We can't hold off the police for much longer—they're going to find us!
2. To wait to take action. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "off." I know you want to start on that project, but hold off until I get these questions answered by the boss.
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hold someone or something off

 
1. and keep someone or something off Lit. to do something physical to keep someone or something away; to stave someone or something off. Tom was trying to rob us, but we managed to hold him off. We held off the attackers. I couldn't keep off the reporters any longer.
2. Fig. to make someone or something wait. I know a lot of people are waiting to see me. Hold them off for a while longer. See what you can do to hold off the reporters.
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hold off (on someone or something)

to delay doing something concerning someone or something. Please hold off on Tom until we interview the other candidates. I will hold off on this job for a while.
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hold off

1. Keep at a distance, resist, delay, as in This payment should hold off the creditors. [Early 1400]
2. Stop or delay from action, as in Let's hold off until we know more. [c. 1600]
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hold off

v.
1. To keep someone or something at a distance; resist someone or something: The firm's attorney held the creditors off. We held off the reporters as long as we could.
2. To stop or delay doing something: Let's hold off until we have more data. I held off buying a house until I had a down payment.
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But, to be the on the safe side, investors should consider holding off on a ONE position until such a rebound sparks its earnings estimates.
In the meantime though, it's always best to have analysts on your side and investors may want to consider holding off on a GT position until its earnings estimates get back on the right track.
However, the current situation remains challenging and investors may want to think about holding off on opening or deepening a DNY position and wait for increased earnings estimates.
BGP still operates in a difficult industry, and investors may want to think about holding off on a position until its earnings estimates move forward.
Lakeside's Eddie Secord won the 35-lap NASCAR MSRA main event by holding off Glendora's Bob Fulmer.
But, now is a good time to play it safe, and investors should consider holding off a bit longer on a position in UBB until analysts begin to jump back on board this financial institution.
captured his first Mini Stock car race, holding off Simi Valley's Gil Gillis in the 20-lap race over the one-third mile track in a time of 8:45.
Until its earnings estimates start moving in the right direction, investors may want to consider holding off on opening or strengthening a position in the company.
19 seconds, holding off a late-charging Katia Benth of France.
In the meantime, investors may want to consider holding off on a position in AA until a more cooperative environment encourages improved earnings estimates.
Gay is manipulating the system, holding off his own execution.
For the moment, investors may want to consider holding off on a position in CD and wait for its earnings estimates to start moving in an upward direction.